OUT OF THE BLUE, Capsis Elite Resort hosts the 2018 Seven Stars Luxury Hospitality and Lifestyle Awards

out of the blue private peninsula

We are proudly announcing that OUT OF THE BLUE, Capsis Elite Resort will be hosting the 2018 Seven Stars Luxury
Hospitality and Lifestyle Awards (SSLHLA), widely known as “Oscars of Luxury”, on October 6, 2018. Tourism
industry leaders from all over the world will attend the ceremony to collect the SIGNUM VIRTUTIS, the seal of
excellence, as well as take advantage of this high-level networking opportunity, with numerous VIPs among the
attendees list such as HSH Prince Massimiliano della Torre e Tasso, HSH Princess Costanza della Torre e Tasso and
HRH Nathalie Princess of Hohenzollern.

The awards will be accompanied by a lavish Cocktail reception and a sumptuous Gala dinner.

Khalil EL-Mouelhy, Chairman of the Awards commented: “we are thrilled to hold our 6th Gala Ceremony on the
Island of Crete. The Island is home to some true gems in terms of resorts and is an ever-growing destination. OUT OF
THE BLUE, Capsis Elite Resort, with its stunning location, possesses all the facilities and amenities required for this
exclusive and demanding event and we are delighted to be working together with them. Our 2017 Ceremony which
was held in Athens was a tremendous success and this year promises to be even better”.

Our resort is the ideal venue to host these awards, having won the “Best Hotel & Resort in Greece” category in
2017, our level of service and luxurious facilities, have the recognition from the SSLHLA Organization.
Our goal is to offer an amazing experience to the guests of the awards, not only on the event night but
throughout their stay as well.

Dia Capsis, President and Managing Director of OUT OF THE BLUE, Capsis Elite Resort says: “It is an honour to host
the prestigious 2018 Seven Stars Luxury Hospitality and Lifestyle Awards Gala Ceremony. Having already received
the SIGNUM VIRTUTIS, the seal of excellence, as one of the best Hotels & Resorts we feel we are the perfect venue
for the event. We have vast experience spanning decades and we are looking forward to providing winners and
guests with an amazing time during this magical event under the stars surrounded by the Aegean Sea.
With our distinguished Gastronomy, elite wellness experiences and our beautiful coast, we are looking forward to
providing winners with true Cretan Hospitality and the “Capsis Touch”. We would like to thank the SSLHLA
Organization for selecting our resort for this exclusive event and we are looking forward to welcoming you all.”

Antikristo is the unique cretan technique of cooking meat

antikristo crete technique of cooking

Antikristo is one of the oldest and most unique techniques of cooking meat. Traced as far back in time, as the ancient times of Homer’s Iliad, Antikristo is a traditional way of cooking that can be found in different parts of the world but is deeply rooted in Cretan culture. It is a technique that has been embraced from soldiers in ancient times, to peasants in the Byzantine Empire, by the rebels during the Turkish occupation and shepherds and herdsmen throughout time. It has been so popular, because it does not require too much time, preparation, or ingredients.

The procedure of cooking Antikristo almost reminds us of a ritual. To make Antikristo, the cook will typically use a young lamb or in some rare occasions, a goat. The animal is cut up in four, seasoned with salt, and passed through huge wooden skewers that are later on placed around the fire. According to historical texts, the soldiers and warriors in ancient times would use their spears instead of wooden skewers. Traditionally, the youngest shepherd would dig a hole in the ground and prepare the fire before carefully resting the skewers around the fire. The pieces of meat are placed in a circle like formation around the fire, in contrast to barbequing as we know it. This allows the meat to be cooked with the heat produced by the flames, rather than the heat generated from the coal. In Greek, “antikrista” literally means opposite to each other and this is where the name Antikristo derives from.

Under the Turkish occupation, the rebels would use this technique because the meat is being cooked significantly faster than it is when more traditional grilling techniques are used. They would always be on a rush and hiding, so they would only cook the meat for approximately an hour, leaving it mostly rare, so as to ensure that the fire wouldn’t reveal their location to the enemies.

Nowadays, the meat is slow-cooked for 4-6 hours and experienced cooks are always looking after it. Of course, now, before being cooked, the meat is usually marinated or seasoned. What makes Antikristo such a unique way of grilling meat is that the slow grilling means that the lamb is given enough time to secrete all of its juices and develop many different flavors.

Visiting Crete, Antikristo is most certainly worth giving a try! If you are a meat lover, Antikristo is a special culinary experience that your taste buds will be definitely thanking you for. The good news is that you do not have to find a group of shepherds in the mountains of Crete to try Antiktisto. Our expert chefs at Out of the Blue Capsis Elite Resort can make it for you.

The 4 elements of proper wellness holidays in Crete

out of the blue, capsis elite resort wellness

Holidays are all about relaxing the body and mind. The island of Crete exudes energy, the sun, the fresh smell of the sea and the reviving soft winds are a unique experience. Out Of The Blue, Capsis Elite Resort gives you the opportunity to absorb it and enjoy the most de-stressing holidays, as it scores four out of four elements of proper wellness holiday.

  1. The Location The resort is located on its own private peninsula. No one will interrupt your peace as you relish by the sea, sitting back comfortably, sunbathing and taking a swim in crystal clear waters that rejuvenate you. What more do you need, than a private beach to unwind and release the pressure
  2. Nutrition The way you feel can be defined by what enters your body. With this in mind Out Of The Blue Capsis Elite Resort, grows organic fruits and vegetables that cover most of the needs of the resort. In addition, the resort introduces the new Raw Food Program specially designed to increase energy, improve sleep, clear skin and lose weight. A healthy body leads to a healthy mind. In addition,  the resort has a variety of restaurants serving Mediterranean cuisine, which is considered the epitome of a healthy diet.
  3. Exercise Yoga is the first thing that comes to your mind when you think of wellness and exercise. A state of balance between mind, body and soul is the result of a genuine yoga session. Decompress and stretch on the new Yoga deck of Out Of The Blue Capsis Elite Resort, meditate on our garden and alleviate any tension. Whether you are a yoga aficionado or not you can try the world-renowned exercise for both body and soul, and feel the energy flow inside you, while bringing mind at peace
  4. Spa Treatments Being at the perfect spot, tasting the healthy side of living, you cannot miss on pampering yourself with spa treatments. The Euphoria Rejuvenating and Fit4Life Centre uplifts the spirit bringing you one step closer to inner equilibrium. The treatments offered by the spa specialists are a haven to your spirit. Indulge yourself in a treatment and cleanse your mind and body of toxicity.

Surrender yourself to the specialists of wellness holidays. Take care of yourself during your vacations in Crete and return to your everyday life a changed and more relaxed person. The feeling of bliss will follow you after your experience at the Out Of The Blue Capsis Elite Resort.